I understand that the risks of DRM are rarely it ever covered during the sales pitch. That does not change the fact that consumers need to avoid buying products that implement DRM. Unfortunately, DRM is becoming so ubiquitous that you would have to become a modern-day Luddite to avoid it.
For a car analogy, it would be like GM saying they reserve the right to remotely shutdown your car if you have a dispute with law enforcement. The only way to avoid it would be to go "off grid" by disabling OnStar's cellphone antenna, giving up the hands-free cell phone functionality.
Blu-ray was already mentioned in this thread: If you have a HDTV with only component Inputs, you are expected to replace it with a HDTV using inferior (especially for long runs) digital inputs. This is enforced by the Image Constraint Token
that allows studios to force DVD resolution on analog outputs. As of this year, Blu-ray players will no longer support analog outputs
. Because of all this (and the device black-list feature), I recommend giving Blu-ray a pass. 9x the resolution is not worth the extra trouble (picture size is more important than quality).
I already covered why computers are subject to the same thing. Don't believe the sales person when they say it won't be used
. Such "features" were deliberately added costing time and money. You can argue that it is a "Bait and Switch" all you want, but as such "technologies" become ubiquitous, it will ring increasingly hollow.
PS: "Copy-protected" CDs are not real CDs. Real CD's implement the Red Book Standard (IEC 60908)
and bear the "Compact Disc; Digital Audio" logo.